Ronnie Cummins

Ronnie Cummins

Ronnie Cummins is a veteran activist, author, and organizer. He is the International Director of the Organic Consumers Association and its Mexico affiliate, Via Organica.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Dirty Dairy: Why Consumers Need to Force Ben and Jerry's to Go Organic
The Vermont brand has been built on a bucolic image of cows grazing on endless pastures . . . Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and other Vermont companies have used this idyllic imagery to sell their products. Gone are the days, however, when most of Vermont’s cows were grazing in spectacularly scenic...
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Thursday, July 20, 2017
Organics: Ferreting Out the Fraudulent Few, While Demanding Higher Standards, Better Enforcement
A recent series of articles by a Washington Post reporter could have some consumers questioning the value of the USDA organic seal. But are a few bad eggs representative of an entire industry? Consumers are all for cracking down on the fraudulent few who, with the help of Big Food, big retail...
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Three Life-or-Death Reasons Why Climate, Food, and Native American Activists Need to Keep Working Together
On Tuesday, January 24, Donald Trump signed presidential memorandums to revive the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines—two major dirty oil and fracking pipelines halted by the Obama administration after massive resistance from indigenous, climate and other public interest...
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Thursday, November 10, 2016
Now That It's Over, It's Times to Exercise Our 'True Power'
The best thing about the 2016 election, a contest between two of the most unpopular candidates in history, is that it’s over. Now, we get back to work. Back to our radical roots (it’s never been lost on me that the word radical originates from the Latin word for root). With this divisive and toxic...
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Thursday, October 20, 2016
The Long March Against Monsanto: A Letter from The Hague
We are today in the midst of a battleground for two very different approaches to agriculture. One is the agro-ecological approach based on the use of open source traditional seeds based on biodiversity and living in harmony with nature. The other is the mechanistic world of an industrial system...
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Bayer and Monsanto: A Marriage Made in Hell
The two multinationals that teamed up during the Vietnam War to poison millions of people with its Agent Orange herbicide—St. Louis, Mo.-based Monsanto and Germany’s Bayer AG—are looking to become one. Bayer has announced a bid to buy Monsanto in a deal that would expand Bayer's GMO and pesticide...
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Is a GMO Labeling Victory within Our Grasp?
Oh, to be a fly on the wall inside the offices of the top lobbyists for the Grocery Manufacturers Association. So close to the July 1 deadline for complying with Vermont’s GMO labeling law, and still no court ruling to overturn Vermont’s law. Still no federal legislation to preempt Vermont’s law...
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Monday, April 11, 2016
Monsanto’s Evil Twin: Disturbing Facts About the Fertilizer Industry
What do you know about the worldwide chemical fertilizer industry? If you’re like most people, not much. There’s plenty of press coverage and consumer awareness when it comes to genetically engineered food and crops, and the environmental hazards of pesticides and animal drugs. But the fertilizer...
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Thursday, March 24, 2016
Food Companies Plan to Label GMOs—but Is There More to the Story?
The world’s largest food corporations have spent hundreds of millions of dollars (some of it illegally ) to avoid being required to label the genetically engineered ingredients in their products. But with the July 1 deadline for complying with Vermont’s GMO labeling law on the horizon, a handful of...
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Thursday, December 10, 2015
US Should Join French and Civil Society in Initiative to Solve Global Warming with Regenerative Farming Plan
France, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the U.K., Germany and Mexico are among the more than two dozen countries that have so far signed on to what one day will likely be recognized as the most significant climate initiative in history. France’s 4/1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate...
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